| Commentary

178 Multilateral disputes

| Commentary

178 Multilateral disputes

The Arbitration Act 1996 does not provide an independent power for the arbitrator to require that actions should be tried together or third parties joined to an action1. Nor does the court have jurisdiction to appoint the same arbitrator to two arbitrations which arise out of different contracts2. Thus, unless all of the affected parties agree to the consolidation of proceedings, resolution of the dispute will take place in a number of different tribunals with the concomitant risk of inconsistent awards being made. Some construction contracts attempt to overcome this procedural shortcoming by

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